Evil proved no match for a family of animated superheroes at the box office this week.
“The Incredibles” easily nabbed the #1 spot on the box-office top 10, knocking “The Grudge” down to #3. The Pixar flick about a family of superheroes forced to leave the witness protection program in order to help save the world debuted with more than $70.6 million, according to early estimates.
With the aid of Jamie Foxx’s critically acclaimed portrayal of legendary bluesman Ray Charles, “Ray” held on to the #2 spot for the second week in a row, bringing in $13.8 million.
“The Grudge,” however, tumbled two spots to #3. The film, about a supernatural curse that causes its victims to die in a fit of rage, brought in $13.5 million in its third week in theaters.
Similarly scary “Saw,” in which a serial killer named Jigsaw puts his victims in situations which force them to kill each other, debuted at #3 last week and dropped a notch to #4 this week, bringing in $11.4 million.
New to the top 10 is “Alfie,” the remake of the 1966 film of the same name, which starred Michael Caine as ladies’ man Alfie. This time around, Jude Law reprises the role of a womanizer who, through a series of events including health and pregnancy scares, begins to learn how his self-involved lifestyle has a larger effect on those around him. “Alfie,” which also stars Susan Sarandon, Jane Krakowski, and Marisa Tomei as women entangled in Alfie’s web, debuted at #5 with $6.5 million.
Sarandon is joined by J. Lo and Richard Gere for her other top 10 film, “Shall We Dance?” whose plot centers on a man who signs up for dance lessons after finding himself enamored with the instructor he spots in the window of the studio. The film dropped a notch from #5 to #6 with more than $5.6 million.
Rounding out this week’s top 10 are “Shark Tale,” which sinks three spots from #4 to #7 with $4.6 million; “Friday Night Lights,” which tumbles from #6 to #8 with $3 million; “Ladder 49,” which drops from #7 to #9 with more than $2.6 million; and “Team America: World Police,” which falls from #8 to #10 with more than $1.8 million.
Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” and “After the Sunset” to debut on the top 10.
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